Bridget Riley was born in South London in 1931. She studied at Goldsmiths' College from 1949 to 1952, and at the Royal College of Art from 1952 to 1955, before going on to teach and work in an advertising agency for seven years.
Her first solo exhibition was held at Gallery One in London 1962. In 1965, Riley exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in a group show, The Responsive Eye. The exhibition drew worldwide attention to the ‘Op Art’ movement, and to Riley’s work, which consisted of black and white geometric patterns. She represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1968 where she was the first British contemporary painter, and the first woman, to be awarded the International Prize for painting.
Over the last fifty years Riley’s printmaking has run parallel to the developments in her painting. She worked exclusively in black and white until the late 1960s, when she shifted her palette to grey and then to colour. Since then Riley has employed a rich array of colour in several series of influential bodies of work. Recent solo exhibitions include a major retrospective at Tate Britain, London (2003), at the National Gallery, London (2010), and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2015).
Riley’s works are held in numerous collections around the world including, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Kunstmuseum, Bern; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; National Gallery of Modern Art, Tokyo; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon; Arts Council Collection, London; Tate, London; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut.
Bridget Riley lives and works in London, Cornwall and France.
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